Human memory may be unreliable after just a few seconds, scientists find

Short-term memory illusions can happen when we ‘start filling in based on our expectations’, study suggests

From squabbling over who booked a disaster holiday to differing recollections of a glorious wedding, events from deep in the past can end up being misremembered. But now researchers say even recent memories may contain errors.

Scientists exploring our ability to recall shapes say people can make mistakes after just a few seconds – a phenomenon the team have called short-term memory illusions.

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